FAQs

What is the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival?

First Launched in 2007, The Festival features over 30 artists representing the genres of roots, blues, gospel, country, folk, bluegrass, rock, and soul. The line up includes international, national, regional and local artists. American Blues Scene Magazine called it “One of the most prominent festivals in the country!” As well as live music, fans enjoy delicious BBQ from local and regional vendors. The Festival includes a kick-off event Thursday night, a ½ Marathon and 10K race on Saturday morning and a Sunday Gospel Celebration. The Festival is a fun, true, and unique celebration of music, food and culture.

How do I purchase tickets?

It’s easy! Our ticketing partner, Ticketfly, makes it simple for you to have your tickets in an instant. Order tickets online or over the phone at 877-987-6487 for an additional fee.

Can’t find your tickets, receipt, or still have questions?

Box Office Coordinator
BoxOffice@rootsnbluesnbbq.com
573-442-5862

Ticketfly Customer Support
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When is the festival?

We’re celebrating 11 years! The 10th Annual Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival presented by U.S. Cellular® will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 29 – October 1, 2017 at Stephens Lake Park in Columbia, Missouri.

When and where can I get tickets?

Tickets are available online, at our box office located at Vinyl Renaissance & Audio of Columbia (16 N 10th St in The District), and at the MSA/GPC Student Box Office located at the MU Student Center.

Why do I have to pay fees?

Unfortunately, fees are a necessary part of our lives. Ticket fees include local and state sales tax, credit card processing fees, an online/box office processing fee, and a $3 park fee that goes directly to Columbia Parks & Recreation and efforts to improve our city’s beautiful parks and trails.

All fees are applied online, in our box offices and at the ticket gate.

What about kids?

Everyone is welcome at The Festival. Kids 12 and under get in for free. Secured stroller parking is available with the bike parking at the main gate of The Festival.

*While General Admission is free and open for children 12 and under, The Roots N Blues VIP experience caters to adults. Children under 2 years old are free, children 2 to 12 years old will be admitted into VIP with a $50 single-day pass purchased at the festival gate. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Fans over the age of 12 must purchase a VIP ticket to be admitted into the VIP areas.

Where should I park and how will I get to the festival from there?

Take the FREE Festival Shuttle

FREE Festival Shuttles will be running round trips to and from Downtown Columbia. Park in any of the downtown parking garages and hop on the shuttle to be transported directly to the festival gates. Shuttles start 1 hour before gates open each day. Parking in Garages is free after 6pm on Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday. ADA Accessible buses are available.

Take COMO Connect for FREE

The City of Columbia will be running COMO Connect for FREE all festival weekend! Ride from your house, hotel, or another location, we’ve got stops all over the city! Get the complete COMO Connect Map or route specific maps here. Call (573) 874-7282 for free, individualized trip planning. All COMO Connect buses are ADA Accessible.

Late Night Trips Home: Meet your bus at the gate and don’t worry about transferring buses! For the last trip of the night (ONLY), all routes will pick up at the Riechmann Pavilion after the last performance.

Ride your bike

To support our sustainability efforts, check out the GetAbout bike map and take one of the routes to the festival. Then, park your bike in our free secure bike parking at the festival entrance.

Bike maps can be found at all local bike shops and at the Columbia Parks and Recreation Office located at 1 S. 7th St in downtown Columbia. For bike safety and tips, read GetAbout Columbia’s A Guide To Your Ride.

Walk

The festival entrance is only about a mile from downtown. That’s a leisurely 16 minute walk. Follow Walnut Street East all the way to the festival and be sure to use the cross walks for safety.

Can I bring my bike and where will I park it?

Bikes are encouraged! Secure bike and stroller parking will be available at the main entrance of the event. Check out the GetAbout bike map and take one of the routes to the festival. Please do be sure to park your bike in the designated area before entering the festival.

 

Maps can also be found at all local bike shops and Columbia Parks and Recreation, located at 1 S. 7th St. Please be sure to follow all traffic laws and bike safely! For tips, read GetAbout Columbia’s A Guide To Your Ride.

Can I leave the festival and come back in later in the day?

Yes, re-entry will be allowed. Check out The District and enjoy local restaurants, retailers and all Columbia has to offer.

Individuals seeking re-entry will need to wear and present their valid day-of or weekend wristband to enter. Wristbands that have been tampered with are not considered valid. Damaged, lost, or stolen wristbands will not be replaced or allowed entry.

What is allowed in the festival area?

The following items are ALLOWED at Roots N Blues N BBQ:

  • Blankets
  • Chairs- you will be asked to remove camping chairs from cases upon entry.
  • Baby strollers
  • Non-professional recording equipment (point & shoot cameras, flip video cameras, etc.)
  • Re-fillable water bottles (please make sure to bring them with you EMPTY!)

The following items are NOT ALLOWED at Roots N Blues N BBQ:

  • Outside beverages, including water, soda, alcoholic beverages, coffee, etc. (beverages and free water are available inside the gate. The water refilling station is located at the East end of the food vendors, near the Missouri Lottery Stage.)
  • Outside food
  • Coolers
  • Glass Containers of any kind
  • Umbrellas
  • Weapons
  • Noise makers and laser pointers
  • Pets (however, service animals which have been trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability are welcome).
  • Professional recording equipment

*All fans are subject to search by festival security upon entry.

Can I bring a chair or blanket?

Chairs and blankets are welcomed and encouraged at the festival. However we ask that everyone follow our festival seating guidelines and keep all chairs back beyond a certain marked point to keep pathways clear.

All camping chairs must be removed from cases before entering the festival.

Can I bring water in with me?

We don’t allow outside food or beverages to be brought in to the festival, but there will be a FREE water filling station located at the east end of the row of food vendors. Refillable water bottles are encouraged, but please be sure to bring them in empty. Other beverages will be available for purchase at festival bars and from vendors.

How do I get to Columbia and the festival?

For directions and accommodations, check out our travel page.

Where should I stay in Columbia?

Stay at one of our Roots N Blues preferred hotels!

Or check out some of these other options:

Hotels, Inns, Motels

Camping

Bed and Breakfasts

Is there camping?

There is no camping at Stephens Lake Park. But Columbia has several nearby camping locations

What else is there to do in Columbia?

While you’re in Columbia, check out our awesome downtown area, The District and all of the restaurants and retailers it has to offer. Or take a hike or bike ride on one of Columbia’s scenic trails.

Don’t miss the Columbia Farmers Market or Boone County Farmers Market on Saturday morning, or the North Village Farmers and Artisan’s Market on Sunday morning.

Find more information about what’s happening in Columbia at www.visitcolumbiamo.com

What is going on in The District during Roots N Blue weekend?

Don’t miss The Roots N Blues N BBQ Kick-off at 5pm, Thursday, September 28 in The District. Come out and get in the Roots N Blues mood while checking out the live music and downtown area restaurants and retailers.

Also enjoy specials and discounts from featured restaurants and retailers in the District all weekend long. Look for the Roots N Blues N BBQ guitar pick logo in the windows of downtown businesses and ask about The Roots N Blues N BBQ discount they are offering.

Can I upgrade to VIP Whole Hog?

Yes. Check out the Whole Hog experience here and upgrade before they’re sold out.

Contact: Aron Cowsert, vip@rootsnbluesnbbq.com

Where can I pick up will call tickets?

Will call tickets can be picked up at the festival box office near the ticket gate. Please bring your photo ID and/or confirmation number with you to make the process quick and easy.

Will there be a free area?

The Blues in the Schools performance will be free to the public. The performance will be on Saturday, October 1 beginning at noon at the Stephens Lake Park Amphitheater.

What is Blue In The Schools and The Roots N Blues Foundation?

The Roots N Blues Foundation, a 501©3 non-profit organization, positively impacts the lives of children by celebrating the rich cultural heritage of American music through local educational programs.

The Roots N Blues N BBQ Foundation has brought joy and music education to thousands of children by providing the Blues in the Schools program. Students have the opportunity to write and perform with award-winning guest musicians and internationally recognized music educators in their classrooms.

For more information on The Roots N Blues Foundation or Blues in the Schools, please check out our website, missouribits.org or email us at info@missouribits.com

What kind of arrangements do you have for accessibility?

We are happy to do our best to accommodate everyone and have been working with a committee to make the festival accessible for all our fans. ADA parking will be available at the Riechmann Pavilion Lot on a first come, first served basis. If you are in need of assistance or have any requests, please contact Chuck Graham, Accessibility Coordinator at chuck2419@gmail.com or call 573-442-5862 to identify your needs and give an approximate arrival time in order that we may better serve you. Visit the accessibility page for more details.

Do you offer a Military Discount?

Yes! Together with Veterans United, we are happy to honor our service members with a 50% ticket discount on single day or weekend passes. Valid Military ID must be presented at ticket gate upon redemption. 1 ticket per valid ID please. Use code V3T3RANS at checkout.

Will you be recycling?

Yes, The Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival is doing its part to help keep the festival green. Please recycle all appropriate materials in the designated bins throughout the festival footprint.

Check out our other sustainability projects!

Will festival merchandise be available for purchase?

A variety of Festival and artist t-shirts, hats, posters, and other items will be sold at the festival!

When is the Roots N Blues N BBQ Race and how do I sign up?

The Roots N Blues N BBQ ½ Marathon and 10K will be held Saturday, September 30, 2017. The ½ Marathon begins at 7am, the 10K at 7:30am. Runners receive a commemorative t-shirt, enjoy music along a scenic route, and a BBQ sandwich, cold beer, and a medal at the finish line. More information, map routes, and sign-up can be found on the race page. Contact: Patrick Hanson, Readysetresults@gmail.com

What is the Gospel Celebration and how do I get tickets?

The Sunday Gospel Celebration presented by Broadway Christian Church will be on Sunday, October 1, gates open at 11:00am. Your Sunday festival ticket or weekend pass gets you in.

How do I volunteer for the festival?

Follow the instructions on the volunteers page to sign up to volunteer for The Festival. Assignments will be made beginning in July. Contact: Tim McCarty, volunteers@rootsnbluesnbbq.com

How do I vend at the festival?

The Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival has some of the best BBQ, food, craft, and art vendors around. For more information about vending or to apply, check out the vendors page. All applications are due by August 1. Contact: Morgan Williams, vendors@rootsnbluesnbbq.com

What happens if it rains?

Firstly, it is a rain or shine show, so the show will go on! If the weather gets too bad and we have to delay the festival, we will be shuttling people to Boone Hospital. We will be keeping track of the weather for you & there will be announcements on the stage if necessary. There will be volunteers who will direct you to the shuttles. Be sure to download the official Roots N Blues N BBQ mobile app to keep up with any delays and urgent information. Click here to download: Google Play & iTunes. Also, make sure to download the KOMU Weather App to keep updated with all the current weather conditions.

 

Still can’t find the answer? Contact us!

Cashless Payments

Roots N Blues N BBQ is Going Cashless!

Now experience ultimate convenience and faster transactions at Roots N Blues N BBQ! By using RFID wristbands and Cashless Payment Technology your wristband becomes your ticket and your digital wallet.

WHAT ARE “CASHLESS PAYMENTS”?

The only form of payment accepted at all vendor locations will be your RFID wristband – you just double-tap to pay! Vendors will no longer accept cash, credit or debit card. Instead, it’s all connected to your wristband! Paying for drinks, food and merchandise at the festival is now easier, faster and…well, festive!

 

To pay using your RFID wristband, you will start by “topping-up” and loading money to your cashless account – think of it like a pre-paid account. Once you make purchases by double-tapping your wristband at vendor locations, the amount spent will automatically be deducted from your account balance. If you run out of credit, you can recharge and top-up again.

 

You can top-up your account in two (2) convenient ways:

  1. Our Cashless Website (registration link coming soon)
  2. “Top-up Stations” located throughout the festival grounds

More details and instructions coming soon! Check back two weeks prior to the event date to register your account online.

 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF CASHLESS PAYMENT TECHNOLOGY?

  • Faster transaction times
  • Shorter lines
  • No need to fumble in your pockets for change
  • No need to hit the ATM machine
  • Less risk of losing your wallet and money
  • Better control of your budget and spending (you choose how much to top-up)
  • Digital receipts (registered users get email notifications)
  • Super convenient (your wristband is on you at all times)
  • Worry-free experience and more time to enjoy the festival!

 

SET YOUR CALENDAR!

Wristband registration and top-up begins two weeks prior to Roots N Blues N BBQ.

Transportation

How to get to the Festival

Take the FREE Festival Shuttle

FREE Festival Shuttles will be running round trips to and from Downtown Columbia. Park in any of the downtown parking garages and hop on the shuttle to be transported directly to the festival gates. Shuttles start 1 hour before gates open each day. Parking in Garages is free after 6pm on Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday. ADA Accessible buses are available. Free Shuttles will run from 3:30pm – 12:00am on Friday, 10:30am – 12:00am on Saturday & 10:30am – 9:00pm on Sunday.

Take COMO Connect for FREE

The City of Columbia will be running COMO Connect for FREE all festival weekend! Ride from your house, hotel, or another location, we’ve got stops all over the city! Get the complete COMO Connect Map or route specific maps here. Call (573) 874-7282 for free, individualized trip planning. All COMO Connect buses are ADA Accessible.

Late Night Trips Home: Meet your bus at the gate and don’t worry about transferring buses! For the last trip of the night (ONLY), all routes will pick up at the Riechmann Pavilion after the last performance.

Ride your bike

To support our sustainability efforts, check out the GetAbout bike map and take one of the routes to the festival. Then, park your bike in our free secure bike parking at the festival entrance.

Bike maps can be found at all local bike shops and at the Columbia Parks and Recreation Office located at 1 S. 7th St in downtown Columbia. For bike safety and tips, read GetAbout Columbia’s A Guide To Your Ride.

Walk

The festival entrance is only about a mile from downtown. That’s a leisurely 16 minute walk. Follow Walnut Street East all the way to the festival and be sure to use the cross walks for safety.

Ride Uber

Use the Uber app to get a ride to and from the Festival. The Uber drop off & pick up location will be in the Stephens Lake Parking Lot.

Take a Taxi

There is a taxi stand just for those of you who want to get your own ride home. It is located across Walnut from the Festival entrance, on Divot Street.

Travel

Looking for a place to stay the weekend of the festival?

Stay at one of our preferred sponsor hotels. Click on the hotels below for more info and to book.

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Budget Host Inn

CoMO Connect will be running free shuttles to the festival! Shuttles will be stopping at all preferred hotels. Please check the map for routes and connections. Information will also be available at each hotel.

Directions to CoMO.

Click here for more information about hotels and visiting Columbia, Missouri!

Accessibility

Thumper Entertainment is working with a committee to create an accessible event for all music lovers to enjoy at Stephens Lake Park.

ADA parking will be available at the festival gate in the Riechmann Pavilion parking lot. Access to this lot requires ADA hangtag or license plate. CoMO connect buses are all ADA accessible and have many stops all over Columbia. Please check for routes and stops on our transportation page. The Downtown route has a stop at the festival gate.

The event entrance is off of Walnut Street next to the Riechmann Pavilion. A route as flat as possible will be mapped out in advance from the entrance to each of the stages. The grass will be cut prior to the event to keep the terrain as manageable as possible.

Within the festival grounds, an accessible golf-cart shuttle will be provided to all fans for free. Carts will run to marked stops that can be found throughout the festival grounds, or call the number listed on the stops for a ride. ADA accessible porta potties will also be available at the event in easy to access locations.

If you have questions about accessibility or are in need of assistance, please contact us 72 hours in advance to identify your needs and approximate arrival time in order that we may better serve you.


CHUCK GRAHAM
Accessibility Coordinator
chuck2419@gmail.com

Volunteers- Coming Soon!

Check back May 1 for the 2017 Volunteer Application

Vendors- Apply Now!

Application & Information

All vendors interested in participating in 2017 RNBNBBQ Festival must read through and submit a completed application form, along with a $200 deposit no later than August 1, 2017.

 

 

 

 

Have Questions or Need Help with your Application?

MORGAN WILLIAMS

Food Vendor Coordinator
vendors+food@rootsnbluesnbbq.com

 

 

TAYLOR COLEMAN

Craft Vendor Coordinator
vendors+craft@rootsnbluesnbbq.com

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Do’s & Don’ts

DO:

  • Take time to explore beautiful Stephens Lake Park and the rest of Columbia, MO! Your pass allows re-entry as long as your wristband is still intact. For things do to, check out www.visitcolumbiamo.com
  • Listen to new music acts you’ve never heard before. Read bios and watch videos of all artists performing at the festival on the Roots N Blues mobile app or on the artists page.
  • Recycle and keep our park clean. For info on what we’re doing to be more sustainable, check out our sustainability page.
  • Be respectful of those around you, everyone’s a music lover!
  • Eat some delicious BBQ from one of our many vendors.
  • Bring a chair or blanket to relax.
  • And do ride CoMO Connect to the festival!

DON’T:

  • Miss your favorite performers
  • Forget to bring sunscreen and your re-fillable water bottle

The following items are NOT ALLOWED at Roots N Blues N BBQ

  • Outside food & beverages including water, soda, coffee, and alcoholic beverages. Free water will be available inside the gate.
  • Coolers
  • Glass containers
  • Weapons
  • Noise makers & laser pointers
  • Pets (however, service animals which have been trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability are welcome)
  • Professional recording equipment
Please note All patrons subject to search and rules are subject to change without notice.

Sustainability

Go Green!

We strive for a sustainable environment with great music and atmosphere, but we can’t do it alone. Here are some ways we’ve started to become more sustainable:

  • Green Vendor Program
    • Vendors in this program:
      • Use local, organic, fair trade products
      • Compost
      • Recycle
      • Use greener food and beverage containers
    • Green Team
      • Members will constantly beautify the park, making sure no harm is done
      • Will be demonstrating admirable recycling and trash habits along with educating festivalgoers about sustainability
      • Will keep the area litter-free
    • Roots N Blues N BBQ will be running on an EverGreen, an eco-friendly power generator

 

Here are some ways you can help!

REDUCE

  • Leave the car at home!
    • Bigger and better Bike Corrals will be by the entrance to leave your bike for the day and receive some free giveaways
      • Safety is always first so don’t forget your helmet and a free headlight from Get About!

 

REUSE

  • Bring refillable water bottles
    • FREE Water Filling Stations will be indicated on a map and by many signs
  • Keep your Reusable Bar Cups
    • It saves plastic and you’ll get to use an express bar line

 

RECYCLE

  • Throw #1-7 plastics, steel, aluminum, glass, office paper, corrugated cardboard, boxboard, newspapers and brown paper bags in the decorated recycling containers not trashcans (or reuse them)!

 

SMOKERS

  • There will be designated smoking gardens
    • There will be rides for VIP to the smoking garden – VIP is non-smoking
  • Please don’t litter – toss cigarette butts in an ashtray or trashcan, not on the ground!
  • Just remember: not everyone likes smoke (even some of the artists)